# Baccarat Side Bets

## 5 Treasures

This is a set of five side bets: Fortune 7 (same thing as Dragon 7), Golden 8 (same thing as Panda 8), Heavenly 9, Blazing 7's, and Cover All. For all the details, please see my page on 5 Treasures.

## Golden Frog

The Golden Frog are a set of six side bets. I have seen them at the Palms and the Red Rock. For all the details, please see my page on the Golden Frog.

## Dai Bacc

Dai Bacc is a set of three side bets in commission-free baccarat — the Tiger 7, Ox 6, and Kill. For more information, please see my page on Golden Frog.

## Lucky Nines

Please see my page on the Lucky Nines.

## Dragon Bonus

The "Dragon Bonus" is a popular pair of side bets in mini baccarat. The following two tables show the possible outcomes of both the banker and player Dragon Bonus bets, based on eight decks. The lower right cells show a house edge of 2.65% on the player Dragon Bonus and 9.37% on the banker Dragon Bonus.

### Dragon Bonus — Player

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win by 9 30 18,409,431,764,992 0.003683 0.110492
Win by 8 10 34,097,645,543,424 0.006822 0.068217
Win by 7 6 89,590,261,473,280 0.017924 0.107543
Win by 6 4 141,238,897,317,888 0.028257 0.113027
Win by 5 2 166,169,165,987,840 0.033244 0.066489
Win by 4 1 186,780,352,174,080 0.037368 0.037368
Natural win 1 812,685,054,124,032 0.162589 0.162589
Natural tie 0 89,325,908,267,520 0.017871 0
Loss -1 3,460,101,558,850,300 0.692242 -0.692242
Totals 4,998,398,275,503,350 1 -0.026517

### Dragon Bonus — Banker

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win by 9 30 15,390,342,909,952 0.003079 0.092372
Win by 8 10 28,305,092,784,128 0.005663 0.056628
Win by 7 6 79,517,099,278,336 0.015909 0.095451
Win by 6 4 119,200,072,366,080 0.023848 0.095391
Win by 5 2 157,275,882,332,160 0.031465 0.062931
Win by 4 1 201,147,167,287,296 0.040242 0.040242
Natural win 1 812,685,054,124,032 0.162589 0.162589
Natural tie 0 89,325,908,267,520 0.017871 0
Loss -1 3,495,551,656,153,850 0.699334 -0.699334
Totals 4,998,398,275,503,350 1 -0.093731

The final table shows the house edge on each bet according to the number of decks.

Number
of decks
Player
House Edge
Banker
House Edge
4 2.70% 9.42%
6 2.67% 9.39%
8 2.65% 9.37%

## 4-5-6

This is a side bet rumored to be seen at the Atlantic City Hilton. There are three bets available on the total number of final player and banker cards. 4 cards pays 3 to 2, and 5 and 6 pay 2 to 1. The following table shows the probability of winning and expected value of each bet, based on six and eight decks.

### 4-5-6 Side Bet — 6 Decks

Total
Cards
Probability Pays Return
4 0.378925 1.5 -0.052688
5 0.303540 2 -0.089380
6 0.317535 2 -0.047395

### 4-5-6 Side Bet — 8 Decks

Total
Cards
Probability Pays Return
4 0.378868 1.5 -0.05283
5 0.303444 2 -0.089668
6 0.317687 2 -0.046939

## Big and Small

The Big and Small are side bets found at Internet casinos using Playtech software.

The Small bet is the same as the 4 bet above, paying 3 to 2 if the total Player and Banker cards equals four. Based on six decks, the probability of winning is 37.8925% and the house edge is 5.26875%.

The Big bet pays if the total Player and Banker cards equals five or six and pays 0.54 to 1. Based on six decks, the probability of winning is 61.1075% and the house edge is 4.35445%.

## Either Pair

The Either Pair bet can be found at Internet casinos using Playtech software. It pays if the first two cards of the Player or Banker form a pair. A win pays 5 to 1. The following table shows the probability of winning and expected return under for six and eight decks. They use six at Playtech.

### Either Pair

Decks Probability Exp. Ret.
6 0.142439 -0.145365
8 0.143817 -0.137099

## Perfect Pair

The Perfect Pair bet can be found at Internet casinos using Playtech software. It pays if the first two cards of the Player or Banker form a suited pair. A win pays 25 to 1. The following table shows the probability of winning and expected return under for six and eight decks. They use six at Playtech.

### Perfect Pair

Decks Probability Exp. Ret.
6 0.031896 -0.170716
8 0.033450 -0.130294

## Lucky 99

The Lucky 99 wins if either the Player or Banker have a natural 9. For all the details, please see my page on Lucky 99.

## Lucky Bonus

Lucky Bonus is a side bet found in the commission-free baccarat game at the Pala casino in California. The bet pays 18 to 1 if the banker gets a winning six. The table below shows a player advantage of 2.34%. That is not a mistake; the bet has a player advantage. However, the player can not bet more than 10% of his banker bet on the Lucky Bonus. The house edge on the banker bet is 1.33%, for a combined house edge of 1.11%.

### Lucky Bonus — 8 Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Banker win on 6 18 269232304455680 0.053864 0.969547
All other -1 4729165971047680 0.946136 -0.946136
Total   4998398275503360 1 0.023411

## 3-Card Six

3-Card Six is a side bet found in the commission-free baccarat game at the Pala casino in California. The bet pays 100 to 1 if both player and banker get a 3-card six, 8 to one if one of them does, and loses otherwise. The table below shows a house edge of 13.37%.

### 3-Card Six — 8 Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Two three-card 6 100 11932746197248 0.002387 0.238731
One three-card 6 8 347224932859904 0.069467 0.555738
All other -1 4639240596446200 0.928145 -0.928145
Total   4998398275503350 1 -0.133676

## Super 6

The Super 6 is a side bet on a winning Banker total of 6 played. It is typically found on games where a winning banker six pays 1 to 2. I have seen wins pay 12 and 15 to 1.

The following table shows my analysis when wins pay 12 to 1. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 29.98% (ouch!).

### Super 6

Decks House Edge
Winning Banker 6 12 269,232,304,455,680 0.053864 0.646365
All other -1 4,729,165,971,047,680 0.946136 -0.946136
Total   4,998,398,275,503,360 1.000000 -0.299772

I have also seen wins pay 15 to 1. The following table shows the house edge for all pays from 12 to 17 to 1. It shows at a win of 15 to 1 the house edge is 13.82%.

Decks House Edge
12 29.98%
13 24.59%
14 19.20%
15 13.82%
16 8.43%
17 3.05%

## Dragon 7

The Dragon Bet is a side bet found in the game EZ Baccarat. The bet pays 40 to 1 if the banker gets a winning 3-card 7. The table below shows a house edge of 7.61%.

### Dragon 7

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 40 112,633,011,329,024 0.022534 0.901353
Loss -1 4,885,765,264,174,340 0.977466 -0.977466
Total   4,998,398,275,503,360 1.000000 -0.076113

For information on counting the Dragon 7 bet, visit my page Card Counting the Dragon Side Bet in EZ Baccarat by Eliot Jacobson.

## Phoenix

The Phoenix is the same thing as the Dragon 7, winning when the Banker wins with a three-card total of seven. However, it lowers the win to 37 to 1. The following table shows a house edge of 14.37%.

### Phoenix

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 37 112,633,011,329,024 0.022534 0.833751
Loss -1 4,885,765,264,174,340 0.977466 -0.977466
Total   4,998,398,275,503,360 1.000000 -0.143715

## Panda 8

The Panda 8 is a side bet found in some EZ Baccarat games. The bet pays 25 to 1 if the player gets a winning 3-card 8. The table below shows a house edge of 10.19%.

### Panda 8

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 25 172,660,763,262,976 0.034543 0.863580
Lose -1 4,825,737,512,240,380 0.965457 -0.965457
Total   4,998,398,275,503,360 1.000000 -0.101876

For information on counting the Panda 8 bet, visit my page Card Counting the Panda 8 Side Bet in EZ Baccarat.

## Kirin

The Kirin is the same thing as the Panda 8, winning when the Player hand has a three-card winning total of 8. However, the win is lowered from 25 down to 24 to 1. As the following table shows, this increases the house edge from 10.19% to 13.64%.

### Kirin

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 24 172,660,763,262,976 0.034543 0.829037
Lose -1 4,825,737,512,240,380 0.965457 -0.965457
Total   4,998,398,275,503,360 1.000000 -0.136420

## Royal Match

I have an uncomfirmed report that at some casinos in London have a side bet on a the player or banker getting a king and queen in the first two cards, called the "Royal Match." It should not be confused with the side bet of the same name in blackjack. The bet pays 75 for 1 for a suited king/queen, and 30 for 1 for an unsuited king/queen. A single bet pays for both player and banker hands, so the return column in the following table is the product of the probability, win, and 2 (for two hands). The lower right cell shows a return of 97.87%, for a house edge of 2.13%.

### Royal Match — 8 Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Suited K/Q 75 256 0.002966 0.444856
Unsuited K/Q 30 768 0.008897 0.533828
All other 0 85296 0.988137 0
Total   86320 1 0.978684

## Bellagio Bet

On January 12, 2010 I noticed an electronic baccarat game at the Bellagio, in which multiple players play against an animated dealer on a video screen. The rules looked standard, except there were a pair of pair bets (player and banker) that paid a premium for a three of a kind. As the tables below show, the probability of a Player three of a kind is 0.3036%, and 0.2835% on the Banker. However, strangely, the Player three of a kind paid more at 75 to 1 than the Banker three of a kind at 68 to 1. The following two tables, based on eight decks, show the overall house edges are 5.27% on the Player, and 8.57% on the Banker.

### Player Pair — 8 Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Three of a kind 75 15173295632640 0.003036 0.227672
Pair 9 358201033380864 0.071663 0.644968
Loser -1 4625023946489860 0.925301 -0.925301
Total   4998398275503360 1 -0.05266

### Banker Pair — 8 Decks

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Three of a kind 68 14171102634240 0.002835 0.192789
Pair 9 359203226379264 0.071864 0.646773
Loser -1 4625023946489860 0.925301 -0.925301
Total   4998398275503360 1 -0.085739

## Color in Majority

This is a set of three side bets I noticed at a live dealer Internet casino. The odds are adjusted at each betting opportunity, as the shoe is dealt. The following table shows the odds at the beginning of an eight-deck shoe and converted to a "to one" basis. Why "more black cards" pays more than "more red cards," I have no idea. The odds are exactly the same on both.

### Color in Majority

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
More red cards 1.5 1,892,467,242,879,610 0.378615 -0.053463
More black cards 1.53 1,892,467,242,879,610 0.378615 -0.042104
Equal red and black cards 2.87 1,213,463,789,744,120 0.242771 -0.060476

## All Red/Black

This is a set of two side bets I noticed at a live dealer Internet casino. The odds are adjusted at each betting opportunity as the shoe is dealt. The following table shows the odds at the beginning of an eight-deck shoe with odds converted to a "to one" basis. There is no bet available for a mixture of red and black cards, but I include it in the table for informational purposes. Why "all black" pays more than "all red," I have no idea. The probability is exactly the same for both.

### All Red/Black

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
All red cards 22 186,891,927,234,688 0.037390 -0.140030
All black cards 24 186,891,927,234,688 0.037390 -0.065250
Mixed red and black cards   4,624,614,421,033,980 0.925219

## First Two Banker/Player Cards Same Suit

This is a set of two side bets I noticed at a live dealer Internet casino. It pays if the first two Player or Banker cards are the same suit. The odds are adjusted at each betting opportunity as the shoe is dealt. The following table shows the return table for either bet assuming a win of 2.87 to one, which is the initial setting for the Player bet.

### First Two Player Cards Same Suit

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Win 2.87 21,424 0.248193 0.712313
Loss -1 64,896 0.751807 -0.751807
Total   86,320 1.000000 -0.039494

For some strange reason, the win for the first two Banker cards starts at 2.86, as opposed to the 2.87 for the Player. This increases the house edge from 3.95% to 4.20%.

## Royal 9

Please see my page on the Royal 9.

## Total Points Over/Under 9.5

This is a set of two side bets I noticed at a live dealer Internet casino. It pays based on the sum of the final Player and Banker points (so a maximum of 18). The odds are adjusted at each betting opportunity as the shoe is dealt. The following table shows the odds at the begging of an eight-deck shoe. The pays were converted to a "to one" basis.

### Total Points Over/Under 9.5

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Under 9.5 points 1.23 2,141,179,778,831,870 0.428373 -0.044728
Over 9.5 points 0.66 2,857,218,496,671,490 0.571627 -0.051099

## Total Points Odd/Even

This is a set of two side bets I noticed at a live dealer Internet casino. It pays based on whether the sum of the final Player and Banker points will be odd or even. The odds are adjusted at each betting opportunity as the shoe is dealt. The following table shows the odds at the begging of an eight-deck shoe. The pays were converted to a "to one" basis.

### Total Points Odd/Even

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Total points odd 0.92 2,500,277,749,981,180 0.500216 -0.039586
Total points even 0.91 2,498,120,525,522,180 0.499784 -0.045412

## Matching Dragon

Information on this bet has been moved to my page on the Matching Dragon.

## Lucky 8

For information on this side bet, please see my page on Lucky 8.

## Rabbit Play

For information on this side bet, please see my page on Rabbit Play bet.

## Quik

For information on this side bet, please see my page on Quik Baccarat bet.

## Power 8's

For information on this side bet, please see my page on Power 8's bet.

## Lucky Max

For information on this side bet, please see my page on the Lucky Max bets.

## Banker Natural 8 and 9

For information on this very-countable but defunct side bet, please see my page on the Banker Natural 8 and 9.

## Lucky 6

The Lucky 6 wins if the Banker has a total of six and wins. For more information, please see my page on the Lucky 6.

## 3 Giving 8

This bet wins if all of the following occur: Player gets two-card total of five or less, Banker gets two-card total of three, and Player draws an 8. This is the only situation where the Banker will stand on a total of three (not counting against a Player natural).

For my analysis, please see my page on 3 Giving 8.

## Tiger, Tiger Pair, Small Tiger, Big Tiger

These are all side bets explained in my page on Tiger No-Commission Baccarat.

These are a set of six bets on the winning side and total. For more information, please see my page on the Spread Bets.

## Doble Duck

This side bet, seen in Mexico City, wins if the Player or Banker get a 6-6-6 hand. For my analysis, please see my section on Doble Duck.

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